All My Rowdy Friends

Hudson Mohawke, “Polyfolk Dance” by Chris M
January 30, 2009, 3:48 pm
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Finally! I’ve been waiting for a proper Hudson Mohawke release. Polyfolk Dance will be released on Warp Records at the end of January. The six track EP is built upon two tracks that could be found on the early beat tape that started it all for HudMo, Hudson’s Heeters. For those not familiar, Hudson creates some pretty wacked out beats. I’ve heard his music described as sounding as if its on steroids. You be the judge.

Hudson Mohawke, “Polkadot Blues”
Super Smoky Soul, “Geek Beat” (HudMo Re-Twirk)


Dimlite, “Prismic Valuta Rising” + side projects by Chris M
January 30, 2009, 3:44 pm
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So Dimlite is set to release his third album this year! Its been mentioned in his blog that Prismic Valuta Rising, is set to drop in spring of ’09. Who knows if that will happen as he also goes on to mention that he is currently looking for a home for the release. Judging by the preview video at his website and myspace tracks, Prismic Valuta Rising will be quite different than the previous two full lengths, Runbox Weathers and This Is Embracing.

There’s been word of a possible Dimlite + Prefuse 73 collaboration in the works. Who knows if that will ever see the light of day. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that thinks that is a match made in heaven. They performed together live in Poland–big ups for bringing the two together!

Proof: Prefuse 73 feat. Dimlite @ FNM08

Hopefully this year we hear more from Dimlite’s Misel Quitno alias. In ’07, Sleep Over Pieces Vol. 1 was released containing a collection of library record and early electronic music inspired songs. I thought it was a real nice LP. Too bad we’ll never hear anymore Slapped Eyeballers releases.

Dimlite, “Jose’s Views” 

Misel Quitno, “Get Up, It’s Crumbling Day”

A Story by J. Emerson-Kramer
January 30, 2009, 10:42 am
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When I was growing up, I remember always being woken up on the weekends to the sound of my mother playing piano in the living room below my bedroom. At the time, I absolutely hated this intrusion into my sleep. I wanted to be in bed till noon, dammit! But now looking back on it, I realize it was something very special, so here are the pieces that I will never forget.

In no particular order:

Claude Debussy – I. Andantino con moto
From Arabesques.

Maurice Ravel – I. Prelude (vif)

Maurice Ravel – Rigaudon (assez vif)
Both from Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Claude Debussy – L’isle Joyeuse

Chopin – Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Joshua Bell – Vocalise (Rachmaninoff)
This is possibly one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard. It literally stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it, as I was walking in downtown Minneapolis.
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– Jon out.

R.I.P. John Updike by J. Emerson-Kramer
January 29, 2009, 7:36 pm
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John Updike was the great American novelist. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice for his novels Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest. He also wrote The Witches of Eastwick (later turned into a terrible movie with Cher and Jack Nicholson). He died on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

Joe Henry – I Will Write My Book
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Beatles – Paperback Writer
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More about John Updike at Wikipedia

Introducing…Charlie by Charlie Ward
January 29, 2009, 3:31 pm
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For those of you who may or may not know me, my name is Charlie and I will be posting here along with Chris and Jon. I’m excited to share my music tastes with everyone who happens to read this blog. For a long time now people having been asking me “How do you learn about all of this new music?” My response is typically blogs. Now I will be posting all the music that I love and learn about, in hopes of turning some ears onto some new music or reminding you all of some bands that should not have been forgotten.

I think its a good idea to make a mix now, a “get to know your blogger” mix if you will. enjoy.

Vetiver – Houses

Off the “Things of the Past” record by Vetiver, this cover (originally done by Elyse Weinber) makes me both nostalgic and cheery at the same time (also a bit weak in the knees..)

Man Man – Easy Eats or Dirty Doctor Galapagos

I love this band. Truthfully, I did not fully come to understand it until I witnessed a live performance. These guys KILL IT live. They have unmatched sound and energy loaded with theatrics. They’re a group of crazy motherfuckers who do not take themselves too seriously but know how to rock. Sometimes I feel like a quick way to describe them would be a more poppy Tom Waits on acid…but that still does not work for me. Just Listen.

Alpha Consumer – Unicorn Uniform

Theres nothing like some raw rock n roll music. . The  members of this trio are very talented and also part of some other great projects  such as Andrew Bird and Happy Apple just to name a few. go to the Alpha Consumer website here

Soul Coughing – Is Chicago Is Not Chicago

This nineties group found its sucess with a lyrical jazzy alternative sound based in a wide array of styles. It all sounds so different and it has such an original feel. Also some of Mike Doughty’s solo stuff is worthy of picking up as well. See his album Skittish/Rockity Roll.

Dimlite – Back to the universe pt 1

Dimitri Grimm makes music that is hard to really define by any sort of pre-existing artist or genre. Typically compared to his contemporaries like Scott Herron, his Dimlite project explores dark and spacey territories with terrific sounds and rhythms. I am honestly not as educated on this dude as Chris… so if you like this, pay attention to his posts.

David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll With Me

I love David Bowie and I would totally rock n roll with him if given the opportunity.

Dr.Dog – My Old Ways

A great 1960s throw back but also so much more. I love the sound of this band and the music makes me so damn happy when I put it on. It sort of makes me think that The Beatles and The Beach Boys made a beautiful love child. website here

Jose Gonzalez – Abram

Jose has a truly haunting and gorgeous voice.

Please buy your music! and do so from EMUSIC


I will be back soon.

Songs / Intro for Chris by Chris M
January 22, 2009, 6:09 pm
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My name is Chris. I’m hoping to expand some ears and create new listeners but also learn from Charlie and Jon.

Here are some rad songs:

Mike Slott, “Knock Knock”
Mike Slott’s “Knock Knock / My Lightbridge” 7” was among my top releases of ’08. I had it on repeat and still do. Expect “Knock Knock” to sound a bit off-kilter and wonky. Slott is someone to watch out for, he’s half of the Heralds of Change (w/ Hudson Mohawke) and has already released two 7”s in ’08 and plans for more solo releases. Check his myspace.

Mulatu Astatke, “Yegelle Tezeta”
Ahhhhhhh Mulatu Astatke. I can never get enough of this guy, he is the originator of Ethiopian Jazz and has influenced many Ethiopian musicians and those across the globe with his hypnotic take on Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Latin. His sound is unlike anyone else’s. With his music originally released in the late 60s and early 70s, and now being reissued in the ‘00s, a new fan base has been born. Nowadays Mulatu is performing once in a lifetime live shows with The Heliocentrics as his backing band. Check the Mulatu & The Heliocentrics, Live at Cargo, London

Crystal Antlers, “A Thousand Eyes”
Crystal Antlers was recommended to me by a friend. Their self-titled EP is amazing. Think psychedelic, prog, punk and garage. “A Thousand Eyes” sounds like it was recorded live in a cave. That’s a good thing. The psychedelic sounds echoes throughout the entire track as the singer yells and screams with great intensity. Not much else to say about this track other than I haven’t ever quit playing it or the EP. Check their myspace.

Mono/Poly, “Oil Fields”
Dope, dope track! Mono/Poly is a newer name in this new generation of future beats beatmakers. “Oil Fields” is a warm and melodic track that is very soothing for these below zero winter temperatures. Mono/Poly hails from L.A. and of course rides with fellow L.A. beatmakers Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Ras G, and Kutmah. You know what to expect. Check his myspace.

Fela Kuti, “Water No Get Enemy”
There are too many awesome Fela Kuti tracks, way too many. “Water No Get Enemy” is one of my favorites of his. The music itself is so happy, the lyrical content…not so much. However, Fela Kuti was a human rights activist and his music spoke for the people. Here’s a quote from his Wikipedia bio:

“In 1974 the police arrived with a search warrant and a cannabis joint, which they had intended to plant on Fela. He became wise to this and swallowed the joint. In response, the police took him into custody and waited to examine his feces. Fela enlisted the help of his prison mates and gave the police someone else’s feces, and Fela was freed. He then recounted this tale in his release Expensive Shit.”

“Expensive Shit” happens to be the release “Water No Get Enemy” is from.

Blank Blue, “Eyes Closed”
Blank Blue is a project between Nobody and Nikki Randa who met while working in the same record store. “Eyes Closed” comes from a quite slept on release in my opinion—“Western Water Music Vol. II.” It was one of my favorite releases of ’08. Its full of watery, warm, and psychedelic sounds. “Eyes Closed” was featured on Dublab’s “Future Roots” 12” containing such acts as Dimlite, Flying Lotus, and Daedelus. If you caught the Nobody & Mystic Chords of Memory release “Tree Colored See”, you’d find the Blank Blue album quite welcome to your ears.

Dungen, “Familj”
Dungen is amazing no doubt. If you’re not familiar, they’re a Swedish psychedelic folk group headed by Gustav Ejstes who performs nearly all of the instruments on the recorded albums while members of group perform with him live. “Familj” is from the third album, “Tio Bitar” and is probably the standout track of the release. Check the video here.

Hudson Mohawke, “Overnight”
Hudson Mohawke is half of the Heralds of Change (w/ Mike Slott) and part of the new movement of future beats. He creates slanted and off kilter tracks with bubbling wonky basslines. “Overnight” happens to be the last track on “Hudson’s Heeters,” the beat tape that started it all for Hud Mo a few years back. Look out for Polyfolk Dance thats dropping in the next few days.

First Post by J. Emerson-Kramer
January 21, 2009, 10:18 pm
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Hello! I’m Jon, my partners in crime in this venture will have their first posts along soon but this one is for me to introduce myself and what better way to do that than with a selection of some of my favorite songs from a few artists I enjoy. Here we go:

John Coltrane – Moment’s Notice
Coltrane for me has always been like an old friend you meet after a long time apart. No matter how well you know each other, there’s always something new to be said, a new facet of their personality to discover. No matter how many times I listen to John Coltrane on Moment’s Notice there is always something that sounds new to me.
Buy Blue Train from Amazon

Beach Boys – God Only Knows
I love the album Pet Sounds, it is deep and was revolutionary for the time and the technology. As far as pop songs go, God Only Knows has a bit of dark sentiment wrapped up in gorgeous harmony and I really dig that.
Buy Pet Sounds from Amazon

Wilco – Jesus, etc.
As soon as the violin comes in a couple seconds into the song, my heart breaks. Pair that with Jeff Tweedy’s voice and you can’t go wrong, this is a perfect song for me.
Buy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot from Amazon

Decemberists – We Both Go Down Together
A dark instrumental line, a gorgeous uplifting chorus, what could be better.
Buy Picaresque from Emusic

Arcade Fire – My Body Is A Cage
I love the Arcade Fire, I love the organ in this song, and the first lyric just hit me the first time I heard it. Plus it has a great big cinematic break to it, which I really appreciate.
Buy Neon Bible from Emusic

Dosh – Fireball
One of my favorite tracks from a great one-man band. Doesn’t hurt he’s a hometown boy either.
Buy The Lost Take from Emusic

Sims – Dreamsleep
While P.O.S. may be the most visible of the Doomtree collective, Sims is a quality emcee and he has a nasty flow on this track.
Buy Lights Out Paris from Emusic

Welcome to All My Rowdy Friends by J. Emerson-Kramer
January 21, 2009, 10:17 pm
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Welcome! This is the official beginning to our brand new music blog. I am Jon, and along with Charlie and Chris, we will be bringing our love of music to all you fine people via this blog. We will each have our introductory posts up soon enough but this one is for the blog and so without further ado, the song from which we got our name.

Elliott Smith – All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down (Hank Williams Jr.)

In honor of our brand new president, a track we thought fit nicely.
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
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Wilco – Comment (If All Men Are Truly Brothers)
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